Ghosted: Jermaine the Zombie
October 8, 2017 6:57 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Leroy and Max take Jermaine trick-or-treating, although Jermaine hopes they'll drop him off at a party instead...

The party becomes the least of their worries when Jermaine is infected with a zombie-esque virus by a demon cat. Meanwhile, Halloween is a busy night, full of paranormal activity, for LaFrey, Annie and Barrie at the Bureau Underground.
posted by oh yeah! (8 comments total)
 
AV Club - Ghosted slows down for some heartfelt zombie action.

I don't know, I think I liked this episode less than the pilot. Having Max awkward-flirt at Annie, while he's still waiting to be reunited with his wife? I mean, I get that they'll probably have his wife turn out to have not been in love with him or whatever is funniest, and maybe it's supposed to be funny that he was ineffectually hitting on Annie while he knows his wife is in a BU cell, another "what is wrong with that guy?" moment? I don't know. Still a mildly amusing half-hour, but maybe they should have saved the wife reveal for a later episode than the pilot if they didn't plan on following up on it right away?
posted by oh yeah! at 5:26 AM on October 9


but maybe they should have saved the wife reveal for a later episode than the pilot if they didn't plan on following up on it right away?

Any chance Fox futzed with the airing order? They love to do that. This was the Halloween episode and it aired early, so I'm thinking there's a "real" episode 2 that was shuffled off until later.
posted by Servo5678 at 8:36 AM on October 9


I don't know if they messed the airing order because Max was doing his "we can't believe we're partners" thing. Wouldn't be surprised if they were expecting the show to be bumped a bit and have the second episode closer to the end of the month, or were just sloppy.
posted by lmfsilva at 9:56 AM on October 9


I think the show hit a decent equilibrium of silly and ... not clever but something akin to it.

Examples; Max 'complaining' about guns being heavy (they are! surprisingly so especially so to people who have never handled firearms before - yes, I know they're just tranq guns), and asking if Leroy remembered to bring spare batteries.

Some neat musical references to 80's/90's oddcouple buddy genre.

I think, though, that Adam Scott is funnier when he's a badass (Party Down, The Good Place) than when he's a wet napkin (Parks and Rec, here).
posted by porpoise at 9:59 AM on October 9


I think, though, that Adam Scott is funnier when he's a badass (Party Down, The Good Place) than when he's a wet napkin (Parks and Rec, here).

On the other hand, that gave us the scene where he thinks he was bitten, has Leroy tape him to his seat, turns out he only had a sugar crash and it was actually Leroy who was bitten.
posted by lmfsilva at 10:09 AM on October 9


I want to give this show a chance but it keeps missing some pretty basic beats.

Like the scene where the chief says 'im going to leave and do whatever it is I do when I am not here' and she leaves and the rest of the gang wonder what DOES she do when shes not here. I get the joke, I think, but it seems too soon. That should be an episode 7 joke, when the chief has had more screen time and we see her character as a cypher or a workaholic or whatever. But in episode 2?

I don't know if I am communicating this clearly....but it is as if they are telling the story as though we were already more invested than we already are. Its offputting.
posted by ian1977 at 7:15 AM on October 10 [2 favorites]


I agree, ian1977. I also felt all the mushy stuff with Leroy and Jermaine was way too early, too. It's only the second episode, I don't give a shit about the stoic guy's non-son yet!

You haven't earned father/son bonding moments until at least episode 5.

I'd rather see the Mike Schur version of this show. I looked up these showrunners and they don't appear to have done much at all, except one of them on Cougar Town maybe? I'm not sure how this got made, and drew these lead actors, with no names behind the camera.

I'm extremely picky about sitcoms, so I'm probably out on this one since it's not funny, the sci fi angle is "underserved," and they have no idea about pacing character stuff.
posted by Squeak Attack at 7:14 PM on October 10 [1 favorite]


In fairness I want to see the Mike Schur version of all sitcoms.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:37 AM on October 16


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